Buckeyes Head to Stillwater for NCAA Championships
May 16, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Championships starting Friday at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Buckeyes’ first- and second-round tee times are set as Ohio State will tee off on the first hole at 9:36 a.m. ET Friday and off the 10th at 2:21 p.m. ET Saturday.

Finals play consists of three days of stroke play Friday through Sunday (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on advancing teams will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play Monday to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, followed by the finals on Wednesday.


 

 

The final round of stroke play will be televised on Golf Channel at 4 p.m. ET Monday in addition to match play Tuesday and Wednesday.

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: NCAA Championships
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Course: Karsten Creek Golf Club (Stillwater, Okla.)
Yardage: 6,328 yards – Par 72
Format: Play 5, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Friday, May 18 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Saturday, May 19 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Sunday, May 20 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT)
Monday, May 21 (18 holes with tee times beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT)
*All times local
Field (24 teams): *Golfstat Top 25 Collegiate Rankings listed
No. 1 Alabama, No. 9 Arizona, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 19 Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, No. 4 Duke, No. 12 Florida, No. 21 Florida State, No. 7 Furman, No. 16 Kent State, No. 25 Louisville, Ohio State, No. 20 Oklahoma, Ole Miss, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 6 Southern California, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Texas, No. 3 UCLA, Virginia, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 15 Washington

BUCKEYE LINEUP

  1. Jaclyn Lee | Jr.
  2. Niki Schroeder | Jr.
  3. Alex Wright | So
  4. Adeena Shears | So.
  5. Rio Watanabe | Sr.

WEATHER FORECAST
Weather Channel is forecasting mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 90s Friday and Saturday before temperatures drop to highs in the low 80s Sunday and Monday with a chance for storms Monday.

OHIO STATE OF LATE
Ohio State punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships after tying for fourth at 1-under at its NCAA Regional May 9 at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wis. Junior Jaclyn Lee followed her Big Ten Championships medalist honors with a tie for second at the Regional at 8-under.

OHIO STATE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2018 season marks the 22nd time Ohio State has advances to NCAA Championships, including the 17th under the direction of head coach Therese Hession. The Buckeyes, who have taken part in the Championships in sixth of the last eight seasons, notched a program-best 4th-place finish in 2003 and tied for fifth after advancing to the quarterfinals of match play a season ago at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

LEE AMONG NATION’S BEST
Junior Jaclyn Lee, a first team All-Big Ten selection and medalist of the 2018 Big Ten Championships, ranks among the best nationally in multiple categories. The Calgary, Alberta, native has posted the 12th-best average score at 71.16 and the 12th best score vs. par at -0.55. Lee is tied for the fifth-lowest round nationally, doing so twice when she shot a first- and final-round 64 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. She sits tied for seventh nationally in par-3 scoring with a 3.00 stroke average and 12th in par-5 scoring with a 4.68 stroke average. Lee is tied for fourth nationally with seven eagles and tied for 11th with 115 birdies.

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BUCKEYES AMONG THE BEST AS A TEAM, TOO
Ohio State has tied for the most eagles nationally with 15 over the course of the 2017-18 season. The Buckeyes also are tied for 19th in par-3 scoring with a 3.17 stroke average.

LEE EARNS ANOTHER B1G GOLFER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Jaclyn Lee was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced March 21. The award is the third for Lee, who also earned the accolade Sept. 20 and Feb. 28.

The Calgary, Alberta, native earned her fourth Top 10 finish of the 2017-18 season last weekend at the Clover Cup, placing second at 4-under par, one stroke behind Oklahoma’s Julienne Soo. Lee carded rounds of 72, 69 and 71 at Longbow Golf Club and now has six-consecutive rounds at or below par. Lee tallied 14 birdies on the weekend, the most of any competitor in the field, and played the par-4’s at 1-over for the tournament, the second-best of any player. Lee tied for sixth in par-5 scoring at 5 under and tied for sixth in par-3 scoring at even-par.

HESSION ENTERING 27TH SEASON
Buckeye head coach Therese Hession is in her 27th season in Columbus. Hession has led the Buckeyes to 25 NCAA Regionals, 17 NCAA Championships appearances and 10 Big Ten championships in her 27 seasons. The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year guided the Buckeyes to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals last season.

In August, Hession was named a coach for the United States team at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, where she’ll coach alongside Oklahoma’s Ryan Hybl for the United States while Herb Page of Kent State and Canada and Anne Walker of Stanford and Scotland will lead the international side. The event, which will be held at Evian Resort Golf Club July 6-8, is a Ryder Cup-style competition that will be the first played under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s collegiate golfers.

In addition, Stacy Snider Olson enters her second season as an assistant on the Ohio State coaching staff. Snider, who has five years of Division I head coaching experience, was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State (2001, 2002) and former professional golfer.

MALLON ENTERS WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME
Former Buckeye Meg Mallon was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York Sept. 26. Mallon joined the World Golf Hall of Fame alongside Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam and Henry Longhurst.

Mallon spent 23 years on the LPGA Tour, winning 18 titles, including four Majors. She won the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open in a breakout season in 1991 before adding a du Maurier Classic title in 2000 and her second U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 2004. Mallon played on eight consecutive U.S. Solheim Cup teams from 1992 to 2005 and was named captain of the U.S. team in 2013. The Natick, Mass., native was named one of the LPGA’s Top 50 players and teachers in 2000 and retired from the tour in 2010.

During her time at Ohio State, Mallon was a four-year letterwinner from 1982-1985 and a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection in 1984 and 1985. She won the 1983 Michigan Amateur Championship while at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten titles in 1983, 1984 and 1985. She was voted to the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.